The Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani transformed into several iconic movie characters, including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, for new a magazine shoot.
When the first photos of Kumail Nanjiani’s new and improved physique for his role in Marvel Studios’ The Eternals dropped online, many were impressed and taken back by his stunning physical transformation. Now, Kumail Nanjiani and Men’s Health Magazine have teamed up to recreate some of the most memorable film moments involving physically fit characters.
One of the characters Kumail Nanjiani was asked to become for the photoshoot was Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, the hero of the 20th Century Studios’ X-Men film series. Additional characters Kumail Nanjiani became for the shoot were Bruce Willis’ John Clane, Tom Cruise’s Maverick, and Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman.
Check out the photos below.
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Now that Hugh Jackman has retired from playing Wolverine and Marvel Studios has gained the film rights to the X-Men following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the role is expected to be recast if and when the character is introduced to the MCU. Marvel Studios confirmed plans to include mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during its 2019 San Diego Comic-Con presentation. However, the studio is reportedly in no rush to introduce the X-Men to the MCU, meaning it will likely be some time before we learn who will replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Here is the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ The Eternals:
“Marvel Studios’ The Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
Directed by Chloé Zhao from a script written by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo, The Eternals stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayak as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. Kit Harrington was cast as Dane Whitman.
The Eternals will be released in theaters on November 6, 2020.
Source: Men’s Health Magazine